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The MadameNoire ladies break down the sensational and steamy plots on this week’s episodes of “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder”.
Last night’s episode brought the heat. There was the case, even more scandal with Cyrus and Michael and a bit of mother-daughter insanity. There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get into it.
Now that the fall television season has officially kicked off and “Scandal” is heating up once again, it’s time we be honest about Olivia Pope’s love life: We’re over it. Sure, we prefer Jake over Fitz — mostly because he’s not married to someone else — but wouldn’t you like to see a new love interest shake things up in DC? We know we would. That’s why we’ve come up with this list of male actors we’d like to see cast on the show to play Pope’s paramour.
Michael Jai White
Michael Jai White is currently busy shooting Black Hollywood’s answer to “Magic Mike” with “Chocolate City” but he could certainly join “Scandal” later on in the season. Even though many find Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) and Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) attractive, White would no doubt drive even more female viewers wild especially if he was caught up in the throws of a passionate love scene with Olivia Pope.
Aaaahhh Thirsty Thursdays takes on a whole new meaning that all the inhabitants of Shondaland are back on our television screens, along with a few newbies. And they came back with a vengeance for the season 4 premiere of “Scandal” and the pilot episode of her latest project “How To Get Away With Murder.” As far as season premieres go, this one was pretty memorable. Let’s jump in shall we?
UPDATE: The collection is here! And just in time for Thursday’s season premiere (if you really want to take it there)!
— The Limited (@TheLimited) September 23, 2014
Update by Tonya Garcia
Original story published September 17, 2014
What woman doesn’t want to dress like the stylish-yet-powerful Olivia Pope? Well, you can. And affordably.
The Limited is introducing a collection of clothing inspired by the hit ABC drama Scandal. Just in time for the show’s return for a fourth season on Sept. 25.
More than 70 items are on sale in the Limited’s “Scandal” collection.” Prices range from about $49 to $250 making it easy for anyone to copy the attire Kerry Washington dons as Liv on the show. “The garments are due in stores and online next week and are scheduled to be available through May, the end of the 2014-15 television season,” reports The New York Times.
There is already a multimedia campaign, which boasts the collection as “Fearless fashion for ladies who lead.” And The Limited is putting some major money into promoting the line. The campaign has an estimated budget of $12 million.
Washington was included in selecting the designs, along with Elliot Staples, head of design for the retailer and Lyn Paolo, the costume designer for Scandal. “The three are featured in a video clip that promotes the collection; some print ads, showing models wearing the clothes, also give a shout-out to the creator of ‘Scandal,’ Shonda Rhimes, and feature the logos of the series and ABC,” reports The Times. A licensing deal was made by The Limited with ABC and the creators of Scandal. Financial terms were not made public.
Apparently the idea came out of a Good Morning America segment in fall of 2013 that “took outfits Olivia Pope wore on the show and replicated them at affordable price points,” said Diane Ellis, chief executive of The Limited. “A suit that was ours was featured.”
Most often such apparel licensing deals target kids, such as a line of Dora the Explorer clothing, but the Scandal collection shows the growth of licensed merchandise involving series for adults, said Ira Mayer, publisher and executive editor of a newsletter, The Licensing Letter. Other adult shows with licensing deals include The Big Bang Theory, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy.
For series like Game of Thrones an estimated $100 million a year in retail sales can be made, Mayer said, with a typical deal bringing in “under $50 million a year.” Licensed merchandise from a popular children’s show, however, can rake in an estimated $250 million to $500 million annually in retail sales.
We’re sure The Scandal line will be a big seller. Will you buy?
Yara Shahidi Of ABC’s “Black-ish” Talks Playing Young Olivia Pope, Keeping Up A 4.0 GPA And Having Nas As A Cousin
Is anybody else excited to see what kind of comedy ABC’s upcoming show “Black-ish” will be?
Starring Anthony Anderson as a successful black man and father who starts to worry that his family, who lives in a predominately white neighborhood, is losing touch with their culture, the show focuses on his hilarious efforts to make sure his they don’t forget where they come from. Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne also star on the show as Anderson’s character’s wife and father, and child actress Yara Shahidi plays his tech-obsessed daughter. The 14-year-old actress has come a long way since she starred as Eddie Murphy’s daughter in “Imagine That,” and she has big goals for her future. We chatted with the young actress about her role as Zoey Johnson on “Black-ish,” playing young Olivia Pope and meeting Kerry Washington, having Nas as a cousin (her second cousin) and why education comes first for her. This young lady has a very good head on her shoulders. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
Who Is Zoey Johnson On “Black-ish”?
“Zoe, she’s popular, she’s smart, she’s witty—all of that. But the one thing is that she really loves Instagram and texting friends. She’s a very social person in that way. Because of that, she’s usually on her phone. But she has a really big personality. She’s really colorblind, which is definitely a good thing, but she’s so caught up in social media that she’s kind of lost a piece of her culture. She’s kind of a lost cause and he [Anthony Anderson] constantly tries to get her involved.”
What Makes “Black-ish” A Refreshing New Show On Television
“It addresses a lot of problems and not just for the African American community, but for people of any ethnicity. It’s funny and there are family problems, so it’s something you can watch with your family and enjoy altogether, but it still carries an important message.”
What It Was Like Playing Young Olivia Pope Alongside Kerry Washington
“It was amazing. The audition was literally me walking into a room and being myself on camera. Everyone on set was so nice and I got to work with some amazing actors and actresses, which was fabulous. And at the end of the day, Kerry Washington walked into my school, while I was in school even though she wasn’t shooting near it, and came just to say hi. She’s honestly the nicest person ever.”
Her Future Career Aspirations
“Well, I really want to continue acting, but I have other interests. I love, love history. I was actually just at Oxford this summer, and I took some history classes at Harvard. I know my interests change a lot, but I’m also interested in advertising too. It’s always interesting to see the process behind getting a person on camera and I love ad campaigns. One thing I’ve always been concerned about is the objectification of women in ads and that’s one thing where I was like, well, if I become a part of advertising, I could change that.”
On Visiting University of Oxford And Harvard This Past Summer
“One thing that used to worry me is that the fact that it seemed like Harvard was this big scary thing where I would have to spend all my time studying just to get in. But getting to go to both campuses of Harvard and Oxford and getting to meet some of the professors was absolutely amazing. At Harvard I got to meet and have dinner with Jamaica Kincaid. Just to have conversations with professors was absolutely amazing.”
What It’s Like Having Nas As A Cousin
“He’s honestly just so chill. It’s funny because I’ll have friends come over and they’ll just stop dead in their tracks when they see him: ‘Oh my God, you didn’t tell me he was going to be here. Why didn’t you tell me?’ They start freaking out, but then they start talking to him and they’re like, ‘he’s so nice.’ He’s given my family so many opportunities because we travel together and all sorts of stuff. I’ve been fortunate that he’s called me up and been like, ‘You want to go to Harvard?’ And I’m like, ‘sure!'”
How She Keeps A 4.0 GPA While Pursuing Acting
“I have the support of my parents and my teachers. They made it very possible for me to go to a school that is open and supportive of me being gone at times and pursuing acting. But school always comes first for me. So if I feel like I’m giving up a part of my education or missing an important piece developmentally because of a project, then I’m just not going to do the project. I love acting but school for me, because I’m so interested is so many other areas, it would be a shame to not pursue school and miss out on the opportunities that I have now.”
If Classmates At Her All-Girls School Treat Her Differently Because She’s An Actress
“The majority of the kids at my school know me as Yara, the girl in my class. Oh yeah, Yara, I hung out with her the other day. But sometimes they’ll see things with me in it and come back and say, ‘hold on, you didn’t tell me you act!’ But I’ve been lucky enough to have amazing friends. I get emails like, ‘Hey, I noticed you’re missing today. Hope you’re having fun on set! I got all the notes for you from these classes.’ I’ve been lucky to have some very supportive people in my life.”
Yara is going far! Be sure to check out “Black-ish” when it premieres on Wednesday, September 24 at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.
“It’s not positive images of Black people that we need, but complex ones.” – Teyonah Parris
The tense debate about the representation of Black women in entertainment is not new. It has been a hot-button issue since the beginning of modern film and television. From the controversy over The Color Purple and the outrage over acclaimed actress Viola Davis being nominated for an Oscar for playing a maid, to the hype surrounding Olivia Pope “handling” primetime television and Gabrielle Union bringing the lovestruck crazy as Mary Jane Paul, we have been at a war of sorts over our image. We’ve been at said war with one another, with the writers, with the actresses themselves and with those who hand out the Oscars and the Emmys. We get extreme images that either display the really good or the really downtrodden (and I’m not bringing up reality TV because there are so few positive images): Clair Huxtable or Precious. Vivian Banks or Kizzy. We’ve not seen or embraced anything remotely close to complex characters on a consistent basis until recently, and I, for one, am thrilled about this new interest in and push for complexity.
It’s a welcomed change. It’s high time we acknowledge the multi-faceted Black woman. She is loving, angry, confused, ambitious, intelligent, greedy, giving, depressed, faithful, needy, searching, joyful, fly, pleasant, messy, neurotic and becoming. It’s reaffirming for me to see this type of woman portrayed because I have been and can be all of these things. This Black woman is relatable for me and I know it will be for my future daughters. In this time, the Digital Age where so much of our lifestyle, social interaction, and ideals are informed more by entertainment than ever, more true-to-life representation is necessary to balance the skewed view that many young Black girls are growing up with. Sure, I’ll teach my daughters that it is possible to be a wife, mother AND businesswoman. But I will also teach them that sometimes bad relationships happen. How excellent would it be if they were able to recognize such a spectrum in what they see on television too? If what they saw on television was more reflective of our real emotions, issues, triumphs and struggles? We are just now breaking through the barriers and producing content that will help us, and the generations after us, see a vast number of Black women onscreen, as well as young Black girls too. Doc McStuffins, Princess Tiana and Penny Proud paint a subtle but solid picture of what/who Black girls are and what they can become in the developmental stages. I could have shed tears when I walked into Target and saw a Doc McStuffins costume! We are beginning to pair the the telling with actually showing our girls (and ourselves) what diversity within our Blackness, and as women, looks like in entertainment. Now we can consistently view ourselves just as varied and adaptable for all stages in life. To me, this proves very valuable for Black women and girls and I am ecstatic.
My daughters will have me to look up to, but also diverse images of WOC in their books and on their televisions that we can have open, honest and stimulating conversations about. This will be a good change from only looking to either the perfect or the downtrodden caricatures that Black women on-screen have been made to bounce between for too long.
With complex Black women characters like Nia Long as the politically savvy Billie Page in WeTV’s new drama series “The Divide,” Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson, a top law firm executive trying to maintain her spot as the only WOC at her level on USA’s hit show “Suits,” or the highly-anticipated arrival of Annalise Keating in “How To Get Away With Murder,” starring Viola Davis as the charismatic and seductive professor, we are getting to see ourselves onscreen as composite and colorful as we are in reality. Because regardless of what we say, entertainment is a large part of our lives collectively. Pushing for the range of our stories to become available in these spaces of entertainment for all to see is half the battle. We, as Black women, are starting to win and I, for one, am excited about what the future of entertainment holds for us.
La Truly is a writer, college professor and young women’s empowerment enthusiast. She mixes her interest in social and cultural issues with her life experiences to encourage thought, discussion and positive change among young Women of Color. Follow her on Twitter: @ashleylatruly and check out her site: www.hersoulinc.com.
“Harrison Has Met His End”: Shonda Rhimes Drops Spoilers About Season 4 Of “Scandal,” Including Premiere Date
Season three of Scandal left me scratching my head, but as always, anxious for season four: Olivia left her Gladiators behind to fly off to Lord knows where with Jake, now free from B-613; Fitz and Mellie are trying to keep it together after her rape came out and the shocking loss of their son; After tongue swapping with Quinn, she leads Huck back to his family; and Papa Pope has duped everyone and is now back on top as head of B-613, capping that all off by putting Maya back in jail and a bullet in Harrison’s head. Talk about drama!
If you’re super ready for the fourth season, according to BuzzFeed, the show will premiere on September 25 at 9 p.m. (not its usual 10 p.m. slot). The show will lead into Shonda Rhimes’ new program, How To Get Away With Murder, which of course stars Viola Davis. And Scandal will return to its max of 22 episodes after only airing 18 last season to accommodate Kerry Washington’s pregnancy.
So what can we expect from season four after all those cliffhangers? TV Guide chatted with Rhimes about picking up where she left off:
There Will Be A Time Jump:
When we leave, she’s on a plane headed to God knows where. When we come back into the season, we find ourselves in a surprising place both time-wise and location-wise.
What’s Going To Happen With The Love Triangle Of Olivia, Fitz And Jake:
I always think about the finale when she says to him very clearly, “I am in love with another man.” And he says, “Let’s go anyway.” He goes off with her knowing full well that she’s very clear about her feelings for somebody else. So, whatever that relationship is, as fun or romantic or happy as that will be, she’s very clearly in love with another man. I don’t know what that holds for them. They have to face whatever that’s going to mean.
What’s Next For Mellie And Fitz:
It’s interesting because we’re not just dealing with what happened to Mellie. You have to remember that everything that happens now takes place [after] the death of their child. [Fitz has] the knowledge that, as far as he knows, Olivia’s mother was responsible for the death of their child, and that basically, in a weird way, he is at fault for the death of their child. If he had not been involved with Olivia, none of that would’ve happened. Post the death of the child, he has some care-taking to do. He feels a responsibility to take care of [Mellie]. Whether or not he loves her, whether or not that relationship is viable isn’t really a factor right now. He’s got responsibilities to take care of.
What’s Next For Huck And His Family:
Our first thought about Huck knocking [on his wife's] door and what became of Huck knocking on that door when we really played it out in our minds is very, very different. It’s very heartbreaking. When we come back at the beginning of the season, everybody is in a place that you don’t expect. Nothing is what you think it could possibly have turned out to be. There’s a real sense of, “How did everybody get here?!
What’s Next For The Abandoned Gladiators:
One of the things that we did specifically when we created the show is slowly deploy people’s stories. It was purposeful. Season 4 is Abby’s season. That was by design. A lot of what we know about Abby happens this season. A lot of what we discover about her and see about her back story will happen as we tell Abby’s story.
What’s Next For Harrison:
It’s safe to assume that Harrison has met his end.
What are your hopes for season four? I’m personally hoping that now that the bloody re-election campaign is over, Olivia will return to her Gladiators and her cases and maybe even meet a new man. But I won’t hold my breath. Someone else who doesn’t know what to expect is Kerry Washington, but she recently told USA Today that she’s embracing the unknown.
“We don’t have a script yet, I don’t even know if that plane is going to Turks and Caicos or maybe it had engine trouble and is right back in D.C. I don’t know where she’s going. It’s pretty crazy. You can’t thrive with this material unless you’re willing to embrace the unknown. I’m type A, hyper prepared – it challenges me to surrender to these writers.”
Check out the rest of the new season spoilers in the interview with TV Guide, including what’s next for Papa (Rowan) Pope and share your thoughts.
It’s been a season of highs and lows for Shonda Rhimes’ series, but it definitely ended on a high. The season three finale of Scandal was watched by 10.5 million viewers, according to E! Online.
The episode was also a hit with the coveted 18-to-49 demographic, pulling in a 3.4 rating for that set. The ABC show also blew its competition away. Parenthood‘s season finale on NBC drew only 3.7 million viewers and a 1.3 rating. A rerun of CBS’ NCIS had six million viewers and a 1.0 rating.
Spoiler alert if you’re still catching up on your DVR!!!
The Scandal cliffhanger: Olivia Pope up and quit her job! And this final scene ended up being quite telling.
But while “Olivia ultimately wound up jetting off for parts unknown, Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes teased that the professional fixer might come back,” reports Black America Web. (Umm… yeah, she’ll be back.)
“She did quit her job; you might watch her on the beach somewhere. We’ll have to see next season,” Rhimes told Jimmy Kimmel. “There’s that last look after she chooses to ignore the phone call from the White House when she sort of says she’s sure to Jake and then she looks out the window when you can really see that she’s not so sure.”
Then there are questions about Quinn. Papa Pope. B6-13. And will Jake come back with Liv? And what about Fitz and Mellie?! So many questions. But one thing is for sure: Kerry Washington will be a new mom and we can stop with the crazy belly covering from floating lamps and folders full of papers. Oh yeah… and Harrison.
What do you think will happen next season?
“Don’t Make The Same Mistakes They Make, How ‘Bout That?” Taraji P. Henson Talks Olivia Pope, Mary Jane, And Spirituality In The Industry
Taraji P. Henson may no longer star on “Person of Interest” but we can guarantee the film industry will be quite interested in her this year, as will audiences. Prepping for what could likely be the actress’s biggest year since her 2009 Academy Award nomination, Taraji chatted with us this morning about all the great things she has in the works, like becoming the new host of BET’s Celebration of Gospel and starring in Lee Daniels’ Fox pilot Empire. The 43-year-old also imparted her wisdom on maintaining a spiritual connection to God among all the distractions of Hollywood and she told us how she really feels about the criticisms of Black female characters on television. Check out the Q&A below:
Tell us about your new project Empire and your character, Cookie Lyon?
“Empire is like the Sopranos meets Dynasty, plus hip-hop. The empire is a record label and Lucious (Terrence Howard), who plays my husband, is about to take the company public so they stand to make a lot of money. My character and Lucious both sold drugs when they were really young and silly to start the record label so my character goes away, does 17 hard years, comes home and now that the company is about to make so much money, the crabs come out the barrel. What I love about it is we deal with a lot of heavy subject matters. It’s a Lee Daniels project and he’s not afraid to push the envelope so we deal with the taboo of being gay in the African American community because one of my sons is gay.”
How do you think audiences will react to the exploration of homosexuality in the Black community?
“I think audiences will enjoy it. Art is supposed to ruffle your feathers and make you think. It’s not supposed to be safe. It’s supposed to show you life’s ugly truths and that’s the only way you make a change. If nobody knows you can’t make a change. We didn’t really understand Boyz n the Hood until John (Singleton) made a movie about it. I never understood what gangs were until I saw colors. So you can’t change anything you don’t know about. I don’t judge any of it. I don’t judge any of my characters. I look at is as God gave me a talent to share with the world and I think art saves lives.”
This year we’ll see you in Empire, Think Like A Man Too, and From The Rough, how have you managed to stay working and on such diverse projects?
“God is good. What you’re about to witness is a perfect storm. It’s the perfect timing. I filmed From The Rough four or five years ago and back then I was like ‘It’s got to come out now’ and God was like I have a plan for you. Watch what I do. So now I have a film coming out in the spring, I have one coming out in the summer, and I also have one coming out in the fall with Idris Elba that’s a thriller and that was filmed two years ago. Everything is coming together all at once.”
How’d you feel when you were asked to host Celebration of Gospel?
“I almost dropped the phone. I know the history of that. They’re trusting me with something that’s been around. Celebration of Gospel, that’s 14 years strong. It’s not new, but I think it’s a great marriage because a lot of the people who watch that show follow me so I was honored to do that.
“I’m very spiritual. I believe in God. I don’t do anything without praying first and listening to God’s voice. I do go to church. Church is in me. When you’re a God-fearing person, you recognize someone who has God in their heart. So I needed that at that moment. Just as I was about to go off and do all of these things, I had to host that show and it just gave me the spiritual soundness that I needed to stay grounded and focused. Everything happens for a reason and I truly believe it.”
How do you maintain spiritually grounded with so many distractions in the industry?
“I can truly see the snakes in the grass and I know that devil when I see him. When something’s not right I can feel it and it’s a lot of that in the industry. People who are trying to be your friend because of what — for shallow reasons. You don’t even know if I’m a cool person. You saw me in a movie and you want to be my friend.
“It’s an industry that’s very narcissistic, people are just out for self and I catch myself doing it. I’m human. We’re all beautifully flawed and so I catch myself and I check that girl. Check it. But the only way you can do that is if you don’t have a bunch of hanger-oners. I travel very light. I don’t have security. All that is probably about to change soon, but I wouldn’t have it every day. I’m not stupid; I don’t like to leave myself vulnerable because it’s a lot of crazy people out there and if they know you move a certain way you’re setting yourself up to be a target.”
How do you feel about the criticisms of Olivia Pope, Mary Jane, and Black women in general on television?
“Oh they’re gonna get me! ‘Why she gotta be comin’ out of jail! Why did she sell drugs?’ But you know what, at the end of the day did they complain when Charlize Theron played Monster? Did they complain when Julia Roberts played a prostitute? And the argument to that is they have more roles, but those same roles get nominated for an Oscar.
“I understand the need for more positive, roles but at the end of the day Olivia Pope is fierce. So what she has a flaw! She’s human! Stop trying to make everything so perfect! Look at the lives she saves and the people she keeps from getting in trouble. So what she’s messing around a little bit. Yes it’s the president; yes it’s tampering with the security of the United States (laughs) but it’s TV! Everything is to the tenth degree. At least she’s not a prostitute on the street corner.
“Being Mary Jane, that lady has her issues, but what woman doesn’t? What person doesn’t? At the core of it all, she’s a good person. She’s just trying to find love. Sh*t! Stop being so judgemental! Don’t make the same mistakes they make, how ‘bout that? Keep it moving. When you see my character, don’t sell drugs, how ‘bout that? Then you won’t go to jail for 17 years and be in a dysfunctional family. How ‘bout that? Take it for what it is. It’s TV. And yes we could use a doctor or a lawyer with a Black person in the lead, but we have Omar Epps who is doing Resurrection and we’re getting ready to see a lot of color on television. Times are changing.”